Watercolour size with frame 760mm x 900mm
Whatonga was travelling past Heretaunga
(Hastings) on the Waka Kurahaupo, from
Hawaiki. His wife Hotuwaipara was pregnant
and pricked her finger on the spine of a fish
(rock cod), this triggered the birth of her son,
who she named Tariki “Spine of the Fish”.
He travelled and lived the Wellington
area as NgaTara.